Leaders need to invest considerable time in training, coaching and mentoring the workforce on the job. istockphoto.com
Leaders need to invest considerable time in training, coaching and mentoring the workforce on the job. istockphoto.com

Don't follow the leader



In a recent interview, I was introduced as being an expert in emerging market leadership, which was followed by the question: "Is there any difference in leading in the emerging markets as compared to the developed markets?" This question is the most frequent one that I am asked.

The answer: Yes, it is different.

When speaking of leading in the emerging markets, we are using a very broad definition that encompasses most of the markets that are outside the "developed market" classification. So in technical terms, this includes the classically defined emerging markets, frontier markets and ones being considered for inclusion in the index. And, personally, I believe it is dangerous territory to lump together all of the emerging and frontier markets, but there are clear similarities when it comes to leading.

There is a global consistency in what leadership is, as every company requires leaders to help direct and fulfil its strategic vision. However, the confusion comes in mistaking the "what" and "how" of leadership because there are vast differences in terms of styles of leadership, focus on task versus consideration, charisma and transformation compared with tactical knowledge and strategy. Using a simplified definition of leadership as "what and how a leader does to and for his or her followers to achieve a common goal" at the highest level, we can say that the ideals of "what leadership is" are universal but "how" one leads is not.

The reason that leading in the emerging markets is different is that it has a different set of population fundamentals. After all, it is people that leaders lead.

Those fundamentals are:

First-generation corporate citizens: for the majority of the employees they are the first in their families to hold a corporate job.

Youth bulge: the youth population is ahead of the aging West by a factor of 10 when you consider the net size of the youth population.

Expanding beyond agriculture and government work: the recent history has been monopolised by an agrarian and government background. However, in the current generation more employees have been joining the ranks of private industry through their rural to urban migration and expansion of some of the world's largest and fastest-growing cities.

Diversity squared: This is specific to the GCC. The real uniqueness here is that most companies have 25 to 35, or more, different nationalities represented on their local payroll on the same team in the same office location.

The world seems to have a split between corporate societies, where the private sector has been a dominant part of life for multiple generations and parts of the world that are first-generation corporate societies. The primary difference between the corporate societies and first-generation corporate societies is that the former group emerged during the era of industrialisation and the latter remained as agricultural, government and cottage industry societies until the recent generation. Now they are experiencing massive development.

So, what is central to leading in the emerging markets is that every manager and leader needs to recognise that the workforce is young and ambitious but often lacks experience and a background in the corporate environment. What should managers and leaders do to overcome those deficiencies? They need to invest considerable time in training, coaching and mentoring on the job.

Dr Tommy Weir is an authority on fast-growth and emerging-market leadership, and author of The CEO Shift

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Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

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Macogep Tornatech Girondins de Bordeaux
Minsk Cycling Club 
Pannonia Regional Team (Fehérvár)
Team Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Team Ciclotel
UAE Women’s Team
Under 23 Kazakhstan Team
Wheel Divas Cycling Team

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She loves to explore new destinations and lives by her motto of being a voice in the world, and not an echo.

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Her favourite book, Moby Dick by Herman Melville helped inspire her towards a career exploring  the natural world.

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There’s increased scrutiny on the tricks being used to keep commodities flowing to and from blacklisted countries. Here’s a description of how some work.

1 Going Dark

A common method to transport Iranian oil with stealth is to turn off the Automatic Identification System, an electronic device that pinpoints a ship’s location. Known as going dark, a vessel flicks the switch before berthing and typically reappears days later, masking the location of its load or discharge port.

2. Ship-to-Ship Transfers

A first vessel will take its clandestine cargo away from the country in question before transferring it to a waiting ship, all of this happening out of sight. The vessels will then sail in different directions. For about a third of Iranian exports, more than one tanker typically handles a load before it’s delivered to its final destination, analysts say.

3. Fake Destinations

Signaling the wrong destination to load or unload is another technique. Ships that intend to take cargo from Iran may indicate their loading ports in sanction-free places like Iraq. Ships can keep changing their destinations and end up not berthing at any of them.

4. Rebranded Barrels

Iranian barrels can also be rebranded as oil from a nation free from sanctions such as Iraq. The countries share fields along their border and the crude has similar characteristics. Oil from these deposits can be trucked out to another port and documents forged to hide Iran as the origin.

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Company name: EduPloyment
Date started: March 2020
Co-Founders: Mazen Omair and Rana Batterjee
Base: Dubai, UAE
Sector: Recruitment
Size: 30 employees
Investment stage: Pre-Seed
Investors: Angel investors (investment amount undisclosed)

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Pakistanis at the ILT20

The new UAE league has been boosted this season by the arrival of five Pakistanis, who were not released to play last year.

Shaheen Afridi (Desert Vipers)
Set for at least four matches, having arrived from New Zealand where he captained Pakistan in a series loss.

Shadab Khan (Desert Vipers)
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Azam Khan (Desert Vipers)
Powerhouse wicketkeeper played three games for Pakistan on tour in New Zealand. He was the first Pakistani recruited to the ILT20.

Mohammed Amir (Desert Vipers)
Has made himself unavailable for national duty, meaning he will be available for the entire ILT20 campaign.

Imad Wasim (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders)
The left-handed allrounder, 35, retired from international cricket in November and was subsequently recruited by the Knight Riders.

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(The winners will progress to the Global Qualifier)

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Where to donate in the UAE

The Emirates Charity Portal

You can donate to several registered charities through a “donation catalogue”. The use of the donation is quite specific, such as buying a fan for a poor family in Niger for Dh130.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments

The site has an e-donation service accepting debit card, credit card or e-Dirham, an electronic payment tool developed by the Ministry of Finance and First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Al Noor Special Needs Centre

You can donate online or order Smiles n’ Stuff products handcrafted by Al Noor students. The centre publishes a wish list of extras needed, starting at Dh500.

Beit Al Khair Society

Beit Al Khair Society has the motto “From – and to – the UAE,” with donations going towards the neediest in the country. Its website has a list of physical donation sites, but people can also contribute money by SMS, bank transfer and through the hotline 800-22554.

Dar Al Ber Society

Dar Al Ber Society, which has charity projects in 39 countries, accept cash payments, money transfers or SMS donations. Its donation hotline is 800-79.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares provides several options for individuals and companies to donate, including online, through banks, at retail outlets, via phone and by purchasing Dubai Cares branded merchandise. It is currently running a campaign called Bookings 2030, which allows people to help change the future of six underprivileged children and young people.

Emirates Airline Foundation

Those who travel on Emirates have undoubtedly seen the little donation envelopes in the seat pockets. But the foundation also accepts donations online and in the form of Skywards Miles. Donated miles are used to sponsor travel for doctors, surgeons, engineers and other professionals volunteering on humanitarian missions around the world.

Emirates Red Crescent

On the Emirates Red Crescent website you can choose between 35 different purposes for your donation, such as providing food for fasters, supporting debtors and contributing to a refugee women fund. It also has a list of bank accounts for each donation type.

Gulf for Good

Gulf for Good raises funds for partner charity projects through challenges, like climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling through Thailand. This year’s projects are in partnership with Street Child Nepal, Larchfield Kids, the Foundation for African Empowerment and SOS Children's Villages. Since 2001, the organisation has raised more than $3.5 million (Dh12.8m) in support of over 50 children’s charities.

Noor Dubai Foundation

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Noor Dubai Foundation a decade ago with the aim of eliminating all forms of preventable blindness globally. You can donate Dh50 to support mobile eye camps by texting the word “Noor” to 4565 (Etisalat) or 4849 (du).

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Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Morgan Freeman, Greg Germann, Lovie Simone
Rating: 2/5

The specs: 2018 Audi Q5/SQ5

Price, base: Dh183,900 / Dh249,000
Engine: 2.0L, turbocharged in-line four-cylinder /  3.0L, turbocharged V6
Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic / Eight-speed automatic
Power: 252hp @ 5,000rpm / 354hp @ 5,400rpm
Torque: 370Nm @ 1,600rpm / 500Nm @ 1,370rpm
Fuel economy: combined 7.2L / 100km / 8.3L / 100km

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Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton

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Bio

Age: 25

Town: Al Diqdaqah – Ras Al Khaimah

Education: Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering

Favourite colour: White

Favourite place in the UAE: Downtown Dubai

Favourite book: A Life in Administration by Ghazi Al Gosaibi.

First owned baking book: How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson.

SPECS

Nissan 370z Nismo

Engine: 3.7-litre V6

Transmission: seven-speed automatic

Power: 363hp

Torque: 560Nm

Price: Dh184,500

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)


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